What's it Worth - Air Compressor

Ran across a little Thomas compressor (12VDC). Model 315CDC56/12H
Price seems pretty decent, but its over 13 years old and its been used.
I've got a knockoff that looks similar behind the seat of my 2500HD 4x4 now and
it works pretty good after I got rid of the little toy cables and put some decent size cables on it.
Anyway, Thomas is one of the "good" brands, and I was thinking if its ok I might toss the knock off in my work truck and put the Thomas in my 4x4.
Figured you serious hard corps 4x4 guys would know...
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On Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:53:11 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

and it works pretty good after I got rid of the little toy cables and put some decent size cables on it.

There is good news and bad news about buying a used air compressor. The good news is that a large number of air compressors for sale are garbage, and they die as infants--- including ones that are well made; this means a used one has passed the infant mortality phase. The bad news is that gaskets wear out, the pneumatic piston is worn, and the remaining life is short.
Far better, seems to me, to buy a new air compressor with an extended warrantee. Here at the ranch we just bought a Viair 10007, and we bolted it under the vehicle (and then put armor plate under it); this might be excessive for casual 4x4 use.
Personally, I would not buy a used air compressor; in fact, I would not rely on a used one even if given to me for free.
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